The Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) is an all-Ireland organisation whose mission is to encourage excellence in film and television by providing a platform for inspiration, creative development and collaboration across the entire industry. The aim of the IFTA Academy is the stimulation of original and creative production work, and the encouragement of excellence through recognition, education and leadership in film and television. IFTA has a Membership of 1,240 individuals across 14 Chapters of Discipline.
Outside of the two Annual Awards Ceremonies presented annually (The IFTA Film & Drama Awards and the IFTA Television Awards) which honour and celebrate excellence in outstanding Irish creativity. The Academy programmes circa 50 learning and networking events annually for Academy Members, including masterclasses, panel discussions, lectures, Q&As, ‘In Conversation’, screenings, workshops, Tributes, lunchtime labs and more.
The Academy’s John Ford Ireland Film Symposium takes place every two years, and is focussed on contemporary filmmaking and filmmakers that have been inspired and informed by the timeless work and craft of legendary Irish-American director John Ford, one of the world’s most respected and influential filmmakers. This is a unique event of vibrant discussion and events, with a unique gathering of filmmakers from across the globe. Participants have included Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Clint Eastwood, Bertrand Tavernier among others.
International branches IFTA London and IFTA LA help to build strong relationships and links between the creative industries in Ireland and UK & US. IFTA is also a co-founder of the Film Academies Network of Europe (FAN-E).